Scream 6 Review — An Emotional Roller Coaster of Blood, Guts, Suffering & Panic


Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (aka Radio Silence) bring back a spine-tingling experience with the release of the sixth installment to the ‘Scream‘ franchise.

Although the setting of the latest movie is different, the tension and excitement of the previous movies remain, making ‘Scream VI‘ a worthy addition to the franchise.

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Melissa Barrera with Jenna Ortega in “Scream VI” (Philippe Bossé/Paramount Pictures)

The kids are back in the latest addition and so is the masked murderer who hunts them down. The Woodsboro survivors start a new life in New York City, hoping to leave behind the haunting memories of Ghostface.

However, their peace is short-lived as they soon find themselves plunged into another round of horror and mayhem — keeping audiences on the edge of their seats. This is, after all, “Scream VI”.

Scream 6 Movie Release Date

The highly anticipated Scream VI premiered at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater in Manhattan on March 6, 2023, and was released across cinemas in the United States on March 10, 2023, by Paramount Pictures.

The sixth installment of the Scream franchise was initially scheduled for a March 31st, 2023 release date but was released 3 weeks earlier.

The filming of Scream 6 took place from June – August last year. The movie has set a new record for the franchise, with a runtime of 2 hours and 3 minutes, thus making it the longest movie in the series.


How to Watch Scream 6

If you haven’t seen Scream 6 yet, it’s now available to watch in cinemas. You can buy tickets to see it now. Scream VI will also be available to stream on Paramount+ sometime later this year.

Before diving into the newest addition to the franchise, it’s worth checking out the 2022 Scream movie. You can stream the 2022 Scream movie on Paramount+. It’s also available to rent for $3.99 and buy for $9.99 in up to 4K resolution.

The original 1996 Scream movie is also available to buy or rent on demand, which is highly recommended for a complete horror experience.

Cast of New Scream 6 Movie

  • Jenna Ortega as Tara Carpenter — Sam and Tara’s roommate, and Wayne’s daughter
  • Melissa Barrera as Sam Carpenter — the illegitimate daughter of Billy Loomis and survivor of the Woodsboro legacy murders from Scream (2022)
  • Hayden Panettiere as Kirby Reed — a survivor of the Woodsboro murders from Scream 4 (2011) who is now a special agent in the Atlanta office of the FBI
  • Samara Weaving as Laura Crane — a film professor at Blackmore University
  • Jack Champion as Ethan — a student at Blackmore University and Chad’s roommate
  • Mason Gooding as Chad Meeks-Martin — a student at Blackmore, Mindy’s twin, and a survivor of the Woodsboro legacy killings
  • Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers — a talk show host, legacy survivor, and author
  • Liana Liberato as Quinn Bailey
  • Roger L. Jackson as Ghostface
  • Skeet Ulrich as Billy Loomis — one of the original Ghostface killers from Scream (1996) and Sam’s father who appears in her visions
  • Josh Segarra as Danny Brackett — Sam, Tara and Quinn’s neighbor, and Sam’s boyfriend
  • Jasmin Savoy Brown as Mindy Meeks-Martin — Chad’s twin and a survivor of the Woodsboro legacy murders
  • Tony Revolori as Jason Carvey — a film student at Blackmore University
  • Devyn Nekoda as Anika Kayoko — a student at Blackmore and Mindy’s girlfriend
  • Dermot Mulroney as Wayne Bailey — a detective
  • Andre Anthony as Frankie
  • Henry Czerny as Christopher Stone — Sam’s therapist

Scream 6 Movie Trailers

The initial teaser trailer for Scream 6 was released on December 14, 2022. The short trailer features some of the main characters encountering ghost face on a New York City subway, apparently on the night of Halloween.

A full official trailer was released on January 19, 2023. The trailer showcases Sam and Tara Carpenter trying to run and evade Ghostface in New York City. Ghostface is seen wielding a gun and stalking his previous targets, including Gale, as they try to set a trap for him.

The final trailer for Scream 6 was released on Mar 7, 2023, and offers an even closer look at the potentially fatal Ghostface phone call that Courtney Cox’s character, Gale Weathers receives.

Review and Plot Summary (Spoilers)

There is an elephant in the room and the big question is…will this horror sequel work without their original final girl, the one who started it all, Sidney Prescott, our beloved Neve Campbell? The answer is yes!


The lack of her presence is explained by Gale Weathers in a very convincing way, and honestly, her absence makes the movie way better and gives Courteney Cox her very, long-due spotlight, ever since the original Scream film came out in 1996.

In over 27 years, for the first time, she receives a call from Ghostface and is violently chased and stabbed, making us doubt if she’ll return to write another book and get punched by Sidney or Tara (again).

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Ghostface in “Scream VI” — Paramount Pictures

Scream 6 is a much more improved version of the original film, being an all-time emotional roller coaster, bringing an atrocious killing trail of blood, guts, suffering, and panic increased by 1000x.

Radio Silence Productions is the ultimate hot sauce the franchise needed, birthing new life to the franchise, delivering flawlessly a grand master plan to solidify the new legacy characters, and honor Wes Craven’s work. 

In this undertaking, the survivors of Scream 5, Sam and Tara Carpenter, Mindy, Chad Meeks-Martin, and Gale Weather are living in the big apple, and for the first time, we see the film taking place outside of Woodsboro. The element of intensity is the overcrowded city, where everyone is around but no one sees nor says anything, which makes the choice of ambiance strategic.

The killer can be anywhere, can be anyone and you won’t see it coming, heightening the anxiety and claustrophobia of the characters, who are traumatized by the previous events, and the public, especially on Halloween, in a subway car full of Ghost Faces. It is definitely the most truthful representation of normality for the character’s storyline

And just like the trailer highlights “this isn’t like any other Ghostface”, the masked killer is not playing this time. This is the most ruthless, vengeful, ferocious, and violent Ghostface we have ever seen. He is committed to murder and butchering everyone who gets in his way, by any way or means.


Once it was all about secrecy and dark alleys with the latest ghost faces, but now is killing sprees in the bodega, in the subway, and even in central park

The acid humor, brilliant killing scenes, and the horror genre tropes are what attracted the viewers from the beginning, bringing a new kind of slasher movie and not just a film about horny teenagers and a masked killer. This rebooted, Mindy Meeks-Martin presents a new set of rules, just like her uncle, the famous Randy Meeks, did in the original.

Without getting any more spoilers, Meeks highlights that there will be more gore, stabs, chasing scenes, bodies, and brutality, and she was right! The characters targeted by Ghostface struggled way more than the original three ever did, especially Tara Carpenter who spent the whole of Scream 5 in the hospital. 

Although the film has an amazing cast, the most memorable performances go to Jenna Ortega and Mason Gooding. The actor leaves it all on the screen whilst playing a strong muscular jock stereotype in the latest film, who in the sixth turned into the emotional rock for the rest of the main characters, and his connection with Jasmine, who plays Mindy, his sister on screen, is almost like real life brothers.

Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy Brown, And Mason Gooding In &Quot;Scream Vi&Quot; — Scream 6 Review - An Emotional Roller Coaster, Release Date, Cast, Trailer
Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Mason Gooding in “Scream VI” — Paramount Pictures

While with Jenna Ortega, is the first time we see her real personality as Tara Carpenter, Sam’s half-sister. She is strong-minded, impulsive, and empathetic at times, and most importantly, she doesn’t mind stabbing virgin Ghostfaces in the mouth. A complete contradiction to the famous “How To Survive a Horror Movie” monologue by Randy Meeks in the original film.

Screenwriters James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick did a wonderful job mixing the old with the new and perfecting it into a brand new foundation of characters worth watching, well-put meta language and subverting horror tropes into both a mocking and reverence of Scream itself.

Scream 6 is a love (and obsession) letter to the secondary characters, praising the ones who came before. Leading to Kirby Reed, played by Hayden Panettiere, a survivor from Scream 4, who portrayed a fundamental role in the film, and a comic rivalry with Gale.


Makes us wonder if the survivors from all previous films will be given the chance to reappear in Scream 7, and make the conspiracy theory come true by bringing back to life Stu Macher, played by Matthew Lillard, once the theory was introduced by the characters Mandy and Kirby, that Stuart was never really dead in the first place.

Scream 6 Review Score


Our Score

Scream 6 is a horror-mystery thriller that will keep you guessing till the very end. The skilled direction along with the excellent performances of the cast delivers an experience that horror movie fans wouldn't want to miss.

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Sara Freitas

A hyperactive and creative brazillian journalist, very much in love with horror movies and writing.
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